When the Lenni Lenape held their Council talk in the spring and fall by the shores of Budd Lake, the waters echoed with the sounds of the wild fowl. The Lenni Lenape name for the lake was Kaukauanning, which means “speaking waters”. If the waters could actually speak to us today, what would they say?
In 1971, Peter Seligmann of the Conservation Commission writes the following in the Mount Olive Historical Journal published to commemorate the Centennial Anniversary of Mount Olive Township:
“The citizens of Mount Olive Township owe very much to their land. They have been dependent upon the forests, the soils and the water for survival. Over generations, as the population increases and man’s dependence upon nature becomes obscured by his way of life, the value of the land and the natural resources become vague; yet man still needs good water and good air. ”
Mr Seligmann goes on to detail the planning and commitment needed to overcome the challenge of preserving and improving the land and water. His concluding statements are strikingly relevant today in light of the Hazardous Algae Bloom problems in nearby Lake Hopatcong and recent Budd Lake beach closures:
By observing the death of other water sources, such as Lake Erie, the township can foresee the ways to save Budd Lake.
In an era where so many societies have abused their natural resources, Mount Olive Township has the opportunity to proudly and successfully protect their natural heritage.”
Lloyd Deans, Irene Sergonis and Raj Singh are dedicated to “speaking for the waters” and preserving our environment and protecting our citizens.